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November, 2022

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center


3-5:30pm - CARing Kids After School Program


8:30am-noon - Good Neighbor Day in College Park (including at Hope)

11am-1pm - Living Water SDA Worships in person at Hope

afternoon - football parking


9:15 - Choir Rehearsal

10:15am - Doors and Zoom Open for Community

10:30am - Sunday Worship
in person and on Zoom

Zoom info
online here:
or call in: 301 715 8592
Meeting ID : 338 100 220
password 214341


noon-3pm - Hope serves lunch at PG Day Center
Dear People of Hope,

I have returned from 12 weeks of parental leave, and it is good to be with you all at Hope.  This past Sunday, my family of 4 all came to worship together.  Baby Nimi slept in a carrier on my chest while I led worship (pictured); Silas and Katesh worshiped from the front pew.  It all felt incredibly normal, if also very new.  We are still figuring out new routines at home.  I am digging my way through church emails, council minutes and property updates.  It will take some time to get back up to speed, but it feels good to be back with you all.

Thank you for being a faithful church, caring for me and my family, giving us these 12-weeks of parental leave.  Thank you to the many people who supported the church in my absence, especially the staff, parental leave team, council, and countless volunteers.  I really was able to relax and focus on family at home, knowing you all were in good hands, caring for each other.

I am grateful to God for you.

Peace of Christ,
Pastor Julie

PS - Even though I've just returned, I'll be away November 16-20: We are traveling to Austin for a family wedding, a 3-day Indian Wedding for Silas’s younger brother.  We look forward to returning to you all with some great stories.  Pastor Ray will lead Sunday worship and is available for any emergency pastoral care.
Good Neighbor Day (Hope is a service site)
Saturday November 12, 8:30-noon

Please join others November 12 in the morning for College Park's Good Neighbor Day.  There are a record breaking 40 service projects addressing sustainability, food insecurity, education, social justice, and the aging population. There are also 6 workshops including an exciting board game and a thought provoking exhibit from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, three essential presentations on addressing mental health in our communities, and a fun, hands-on class for adults who want to learn how to ride a bike.

Humble Walk students are leading the Guilford Run project right in front of Hope, but there are so many good places to volunteer!  Register here:
Hope's Fall Financial Giving

Each fall at Hope there is a special opportunity to donate to local, regional and international organizations. Local donations will be given to the PG County Plaza Day Center/Congregations United for Compassion and Empowerment (CUCE), regional donations to the Lutheran Immigration/Refugee Services and international donations to the Lutheran World Relief/Middle East Fund.

When you give, please specify which organization you would like your donation to be sent to; unspecified donations will be divided equally between the three. Checks may be placed in the offering basket or mailed in. You may also give online through our regular online giving link. 

Thank you in advance for sharing your blessings!
Aaron and Matthew are getting Married
Sunday November 27, 1pm at Hope

Matthew and Aaron are excited to share that they are planning to be married at Hope on November 27, 2022. They are so excited to be married in this church that they consider home. They ask for your prayers and support as they take this step together.  And the whole congregation is invited to the 1pm ceremony, no RSVP required.
Child Care during worship begins!
now and ongoing

Families now have the option for childcare during worship.  On Sundays, in the student lounge where children can participate in activities with the cleared/trained staff in the lounge.

Children also continue to be welcome in morning services, and welcome to be fully themselves.
Congregational Meeting
Sunday December 4, 1:30pm by zoom

Join others for Hope’s fall meeting.  We’ll discuss and approve the Mission Spending Plan (budget), elect new council members and financial volunteers, and hear a bit about ministry at Hope.  This meeting will be entirely by zoom to allow for wide participation.  Watch for a draft budget and more information by snail mail, or simply save the date and watch for a zoom link.
Taize worship with Humble Walk
Wednesdays evenings 9-9:30pm

Lutheran Campus Ministry hosts a Taize worship service on alternating Wednesdays from 9-9:30pm, at the Memorial Chapel. (11/16, 11/30 and 12/14). This worship service is open to all students, alumni, friends, young and old – everyone!!! Parking is free, behind the chapel in Lot Y.
Finals Kits for College Students
Collecting treats now through Sunday December 11

Hope is collecting donations for finals kits between now and December 11th. These treats will support UMD students through what is always a stressful time on campus.  Best loved treats are: microwave popcorn, individually wrapped tea bags, chewing gum, snack bars (granola/protein/nut), drink packets and cheese or peanut butter crackers.  Then stay after worship on Sunday December 11 to pack the kits to give to students.

Thanks Mary C who is coordinating this program!
Alex plays Rachmaninov for his 2nd dissertation recital
Thursday, December 8, at 8pm

Hope's beloved musician, Alex, will perform for his second doctoral dissertation recital on December 8. This will include a song cycle with a singer, a piano trio and a piano concerto (performed with his wife, Bonnie). This event is free and no tickets are required; just come to The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Glidenhorn Hall. We join Alex in prayer for his continued success.
Updating the Church Directory
Send any updates to Beth

Beth is preparing for the annual print/release of the church directory. Please review your information and send her any updates. Send updates by email (, phone (301-927-5508) or leave a note in the office. 
Advent at Hope
November 27 and beyond

The beginning of Advent is early this year, marking the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas.  Watch for special opportunities to pray and connect with community.
Calendar and Links

Thursday November 10, 2:30-5pm, CARing Kids After School Program
at Hope

Saturday November 12, 8:30am-noon, Good Neighbor Day in College Park
including at Hope

Saturday November 12, 11am-1pm, Living Water worships
at Hope

Sunday November 13, 10:30am, Hope worship
in person and online

Tuesday November 15, noon-3pm, Hope serves lunch at PG Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer

Wednesday - Sunday November 16-20, Pastor Julie away
Pastor Ray leads Sunday worship and is available for pastoral care

Saturday November 19, game time TBD, football parking at Hope
contact Liz to volunteer

Saturday November 26, game time TBD, football parking at Hope
contact Liz to volunteer

Sunday November 27,1pm, Aaron and Matthew's wedding
at Hope

Wednesday November 30, 7:30pm, Hope Council Meeting
zoom link shared with council

Sunday December 4,1:30pm Hope Congregational Meeting
zoom only, link forthcoming

Tuesday December 6, all day, CUCE fundraiser at Franklin's
a good excuse to eat out!

Thursday December 8, 8pm, Alex's doctoral recital
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Hall

Sunday December 11, after worship, pack finals kits for students
at Hope

Tuesday December 20, noon-3pm, Hope serves lunch at PG Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer
Copyright © *2022* Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church
All rights reserved.      Phone: 301-927-5508
Julie Bringman, Pastor,  cell: 510-529-5606
Alex Kostadinov, student musician,, cell: 530-608-6860
Beth Cooler, Administrative Assistant,, 301-927-5508
Ray Ranker, Campus Minister,, cell: 410-294-6691
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